Are you starting to get that festive feeling already? Or are you starting to feel the pressure to get your shopping done? Newcastle has got a bit of a reputation for being amazing to shop at, and even more so during the run-up to the festive season. If you're planning a Newcastle Christmas shopping Getaway, here are a few things not to miss.
Christmas at Fenwick
If you love festive shop windows, then you must pay a visit to Fenwick on Northumberland Street. Every year this up-market department store unveils a mesmerising Christmassy themed window display. This year Fenwick also features a Christmas Wonderland Department, great for getting those stocking fillers and decorations. (From November)
Newcastle Christmas Intercontinental Market
This market which is held in the City Centre's Monument Area brings the magic of Christmas on the continent to Newcastle. Here you'll find stalls selling German stollen and sausages, Belgian chocolates, Dutch cheese as well as lots of unusual arts and crafts from mainland Europe. (14-29 November)
LoveArtNorthEast Christmas Art Fair
If you're an art lover, then you'll love this festival. Held in the atmospheric St Nicholas Cathedral, you can browse the stalls selling crafts from local artists and designers. There will be performances and live music and children can listen to stories about the real St Nicholas as well. (28 November)
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For the second time running, the castle in Newcastle will host a Medieval Christmas market with lots of festive stalls selling food, drinks, crafts and other items that will make excellent Christmas gifts. Do dress up for this one, because if you don't, you might feel a tad bit out of place. (12-13 Dec)
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Newcastle Christmas Market
This three day event will really bring on the festive spirit. There will be lots of stalls offering things like alpaca woollies, gorgeous jewellery and lovely pottery, but you'll also find locally brewed beers and delicious Christmas cakes. There will be carolers and Santa will be sure to make an appearance here. On the Saturday, this market will merge with the regular Saturday Farmer's Market, offering the usual produce. (2-6 December, Wed, Fri, Sat)
Also, if you're still looking for something fab to do on New Year's, then Newcastle might be a good destination as well. They're will be a winter carnival, performances, a parade and fireworks to ring in the new year. You can find more information on the Newcastle Gateshead website.
|This post was written in cooperation with NewcastleGateshead Tourism.|